David Akiyoshi followed his father’s path to become a second-generation winemaker. His father worked as a Lab Researcher in the UC Davis Enology Department for 25 years and then he worked for Gallo Winery until he retired. David attended UC Davis originally as an engineering student, but after taking a winemaking course, he changed to major in Enology and studied the academic theory of winemaking. After graduating in 1981, he was hired by Robert Mondavi Woodbridge to eventually become the Director of Winemaking. Working with the Mondavi family and their talented winemakers, he was able to experience the world’s winemaking regions where he developed his own artistic mastery of winemaking. In the simplest of terms, his winemaking respects the variety, the vineyard and the vintage. He currently works and lives in Lodi, CA as the Director of Winemaking for LangeTwins Winery and makes eponymous wines for Naked Wines.